January is here already, so that means it is time for the next WIFV/Docs In Progress Doc Roundtable. This is your chance to talk with filmmaker Brandon Kramer about ethics and making his latest feature, CITY OF TREES.
What: the Documentary Roundtable, a collaboration of WIFV and Docs-in-Progress
When: Monday, January 9th, from 6:30-8:30
Where: Interface Media Group, 1233 20th Street NW (just south of Dupont Circle)
Cost: $10 to the public
Navigating the River: the Complexities of Telling Someone Else’s Story
Documentary films often provide a window into perspectives, cultures and communities unfamiliar to audiences. When the filmmaker is not from that same community, the telling of these stories can be rife with myriad challenges associated with race, class and power dynamics. What are the ethical guideposts that go into telling someone else’s story with integrity? Local filmmaker Brandon Kramer shares hard-earned advice from his experience directing the feature-length documentary CITY OF TREES (PBS/World Channel America ReFramed), which largely takes place in DC’s Ward 8 East of the Anacostia River, and ethical lessons learned from his collaboration with Chicago’s Kartemquin Films. Suggested reading in advance of the roundtable: CITY OF TREES editor Edwin Martinez’ essay in the June 2016 issue of Documentary Magazine, Navigating the River: The Hidden Colonialism of Documentary.
Brandon Kramer is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, media arts educator, and co-founder of DC-based production company Meridian Hill Pictures. A current DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities Fellow, Brandon is the director of the award-winning feature-length documentary CITY OF TREES (Full Frame Documentary Festival, America Reframed/PBS), and co-founder of the award-winning Youth Documentary Program. Since 2010, Brandon has produced over 20 short documentaries commissioned by nonprofits.